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la rambla (born about 1700) & barri gòtic (born during augustan age)

Another day in Barcelona … We had decided to walk La Rambla and maybe go missing in Barri Gòtic. Both parts of Barcelona we had touched so far, when out & about for other destinations in this vast city. La Rambla is a broad boulevard, about 1.3 km long, lined w/ trees. Like a snake it winds through the ocean of buildings starting at the seaside until Plaça de Catalunya. You may read that it…

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looking back … krakow 2020

Now it’s Krakow: on our trip in Poland from Warsaw to Krakow to Wroclaw I like to give you some impressions of Krakow with this post, especially about cathedrals & churches & chapels … There are lots of them in Krakow – believe me! Churches are everywhere. Poland’s people are catholic – more than 90% of them. All churches, all cathedrals etc. are beautiful, splendid and well preserved even if several hundred years old. Krakow…

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looking back … warsaw 2020

Corona times are poor holiday times. Any trips abroad get somewhat difficult. Nevertheless after a spontaneous weekend near Maastricht we had further plans. Beginning of 2020 we decided to go to Poland during June or July – Corona made us postponing this trip into September i. e. we started end of August. What did we do? We took the ICE train to Frankfurt airport, boarded a flight to Warsaw, stayed in Warsaw, took a train…

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sitges & its alleys

Sitges is a small town south of Barcelona – as well as south of Castelldefels where we are living at the moment. There is a densely populated area of houses and alleyways towards the Mediterranean Sea which opens here & there to seafront & beach. The beach isn’t some sort of stretched sand affair like in Castelldefels, but there are some adjoining bays like the one the next photo shows. Let’s forget the beach area…

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looking back … nice 2018

Nice in December: for our annual pre-Xmas trip in 2018 we made it to Nice at the gorgeous Mediterranean coast with a blue sky, a glinting sun … a deep blue sea with whitecaps – no German December feeling (grey sky, rainy, snowy, icy …) at all. Only far, far away we located snow covered mountains … We pitched our virtual tent near the famous seaside promenade just at the entrance to the old city…

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… up in the air …

We are still in Northern Spain – now our home is at Castelldefels in the area of Greater Barcelona. There’s a suburban train which takes us in about 40 min to Barceloneta with Barcelona’s Port area i. e. part of it. It was one of these magic days with a magnificent blue sky … when we made our way from the train station Estació de França to the Transbordador Aeri del Port aka Barcelona’s Port…

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from the beach to the castle

We are in Castelldefels since beginning of August. You may have noticed some posts as well as Instagram activity about Barcelona … Barcelona i. e. Passeig de Gràcia & Plaça de Catalunya are only a 30 min ride on the suburban railway away. Nevertheless Castelldefels also is an interesting spot in the greater area of Barcelona. Where to start? Let’s start at the beach. Castelldefels offers some kilometers of a fine sandy beach, rather wide.…

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looking back … palma de majorca 2021

Before the Easter (school) holidays started (in Germany) my better half & I made a 1-week-trip to Majorca. In short: We had a brilliant time, lots of blue skies & sunshine and very, very few tourists … Although Corona slowed down the exciting life on this Mediterranean island, it was a welcomed break from our everyday life. It was really relaxing … In my previous post I talked in detail about the rules & conditions…

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looking back … travelling into emptiness 2021

2021 – Corona times aka Covid times aka lock down aka travel restrictions … and more! Then in spring 2021 …Last time we travelled … it seems so long ago … it was last year (2020) in September when we made a trip to Poland. Our classic trip around our wedding day in December slipped away. (We tried to shift the weekend into February, but w/o any success.) Now it’s spring & we were longing…

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… to the cathedral …

Barcelona is a city of churches, of basilicas and a cathedral. My better half & I decided to make a trip to the cathedral. Don’t mix it up: the cathedral is called La Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia. The famous modern church of Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Família (in short) or La Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, is only a basilica – as well as Santa Maria del Mar,…

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looking back … madrid 2019

Before Xmas in 2019 my better half & I went for our annual eoy trip – this time to Madrid. We looked forward to some days in Southern Europe w/ blue skies, sunshine … The photo shows exactly this heavenly sky together w/ one of Madrid’s iconic buildings, however, we only experienced this fine weather for quite a short period. Most of the time it was cloudy, drizzling, rainy, hard raining, stormy. Nevertheless we had…

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a quarter in girona

A colorful row of buildings sprawls along the river (Riu Onyar) in Girona and designates part of the border of Old Town Girona. At least as far as my better half & I noticed, Old Town is on the left bank while on the right bank there are modern buildings, also impressive town houses, maybe more than 100 years old, shopping areas … just the modern life we all know. There are many bridges for…

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looking back … tallinn 2019

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia. Estonia is the most northern of the Baltic states.(I think I should mention this at the very beginning because I noticed – more than once – that one or another of our bunch of family, friends, colleagues, neighbours … started frowning & mulling over like Where the hell is Tallinn?). The most known facts about Tallinn are that it has one of the biggest & best preserved Old Town…

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gardens at the mediterranean sea

Usually when talking about the Mediterranean Sea in Northern Spain you at once associate the beautiful coast and its beach bays with this region. You start dreaming of sunny days on sandy beaches and a blue sea inviting you for a swim or just splashing around. In the background is one of the iconic beach bars offering espressos, beers and wine as well as Tapas, these famous Spanish snacks for any time of the day.…

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looking back … high tatras 2018

Finally my better half & I returned from Košice in Slovakia. Our last weekend … well, we had decided to spend it in the mountains (aka High Tatras). We had sunshine & fog as well during the same weekend! So here’s our trip adventure in 6 phases … Phase #1:During September in Košike we had fine weather w/ temperatures about 25-30° C for almost 3 weeks. For our last weekend colleagues at work recommended to…

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